George Zautner

George William "Bill" Zautner

1936 - 2022

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George William (Bill) Zautner, 85, of Glenmont, passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. 

Bill was born on 18 April 1936 in Albany, New York the son of the late Arthur and Margaret Zautner.  He was preceded in death by his loving wife Barbara Beck Zautner. He leaves behind his former wife Connie Zautner Sattler, his children Doug Zautner (Sue) of Albany, New York and their daughters Jen Smith (Andy) (Tyler, Drew) and Jean Bryan (Mike) (Kyle, Courtney); Debbie Dominic (Peter) and their daughter Amber (Tom) of Latham, New York; Laura Wilkie (deceased) (Patrick), grandson (Nathan) of Delmar, New York; granddaughters Krista Manna (Robert) (Isabella, Lorenzo) of Abington, Massachusetts, Sarah Simmons (Don) of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Siblings include Janet Z. Winters (deceased) and Dorothy Z. Buley.

Extended family includes step-children Cheryl Bertoia (Clay) of Montreal, Quebec, Wendy Collien (Mark) of Churchton, Maryland, grandchildren Daniel Collien of Portland, Oregon, Corinne Bertoia of Denver, Colorado, Harrison Collien (Lauren) of Owings, Maryland, Kieran Collien of Churchton, Maryland, and great-granddaughter Sophia Collien.

Prior to his retirement, Bill acted as sole proprietor of A.T. Zautner and sons, with more than 60 years in the building trade. He built over 200 custom designed homes in the greater Albany area and a custom Adirondack home on Lake George. Bill also successfully built and sold two general aviation aircraft and two custom wooden power boats. He enjoyed spending time with his family out on the water and the roar of his boats as he drove by turned every eye on Lake George. He enjoyed watching NASCAR with his family, building remote control model aircraft, model railroading and racing sail boats. An avid gardener, his rose garden drew great admiration, and his orchids at times took over the house! Bill’s day wasn’t complete without a bowl of ice cream or a milkshake. There was no home engineering problem that he couldn’t handle!

Per Bill’s wishes, there will be no funeral service.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s name to the Albany Symphony (https://www.albanysymphony.com/giving) or the Lake George Association (https://lakegeorgeassociation.org/invest).